Sizani finally defends title

ILINGE-BORN boxer and ABU SADC light-heavyweight champion, Luvuyo “Black Eagle” Sizani, finally defended his title last week in Johannesburg, beating Congolese fighter, Jackson Masamba, on points.

All three judges scored the 10-round fight in favour of Sizani, who retained the ABU SADC title.

The former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist won the title in 2019, after defeating the same boxer.

Sizani got a chance to defend this title and earn some money, thanks to promoter and Gauteng Boxing Promoters Association secretary, Shereen Hunter, who came to the rescue of the fight-starved champion.

Hunter said she had a lot of respect for Sizani and praised him, saying he was a worthy champion.

“Luvuyo missed his flight to Johannesburg from East London on Friday and got on to the next bus out. On Saturday, he was in that bus through the night for more than 12 hours. He got to Johannesburg and came straight to the weigh-in, with no sleep but with a smile on his face, so grateful and so pleasant. That is the kind of person you want to help and want to see prosper.

“Then he fought to defend his title and won. He is just an amazing boxer. Young men like him make it worthwhile to promote. I am so proud of him and he has stolen a part of my heart,” concluded Hunter.

Sizani was expected to defend his title at Booysen’s Boxing Club in Johannesburg, against Masamba, in May and the fight was the main bout of the tournament but the fight did not materialise, after he was told he tested positive for COVID-19.

‘Black Eagle’ as Sizani is also known, says he wants to look for opportunities in other divisions, since he is the only boxer from the SADC region in the light-heavyweight division.

“I just want to thank Shereen Hunter for this opportunity and she promised to get another fight for me before the end of the year. I also want to look for other opportunities in other divisions now because it is hard for me to get challengers in this division,” said Sizani.

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